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1 THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF WEST TEXAS Seek First the Kingdom The Kingdom of Heaven in the Gospel of Matthew Session Three: Second Sunday in Lent Important Clues to Kingdom Living Opening Prayer Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Collect for Proper 20, Book of Common Prayer, p. 234). Introduction to this Week s Study In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus lays out a pattern of living intended to nurture and form disciples in his community of followers seeking the kingdom of heaven. This Gospel is less about conveying information to readers about the life of Jesus and more about presenting Jesus as God s ultimate teacher and model to follow in living daily life. Jesus provides the community with encouraging and compassionate instructions that shape the behavioral life of people in the church. In fact the Gospel of Matthew is the only one of the four canonical Gospels to use the word church (a translation of the Greek word ekklēsia) to refer to the Christian community. No doubt, Matthew uses church to characterize the gathering of the messianic community committed to Jesus in order to distinguish it from local synagogues that rejected the teaching of Jesus and his status as the Jewish Messiah. The Sermon on the Mount Most of today s passages for reflection come from what is known as the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-7:29). The mountainside setting for this block of teaching by Jesus reminds readers then and now of the first delivery of the Law by God to Moses and the people of Israel at Mt. Sinai. This parallel association of Jesus with Moses continues a theme Matthew introduced in his narrative about the birth and early life of Jesus: he is the new Moses who has come out of Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15) to lead God s people out of bondage and oppression and to form them as God s own people. But, as the Gospel develops, Jesus proves to be far greater than the original lawgiver Moses. In the sermon Jesus provides people with a vision for daily living in the

2 2 kingdom of heaven. As biblical scholar Warren Carter puts it, the sermon describes a way of life that enacts God s life-giving reign in our world. Living into this vision of the kingdom, however, requires ongoing discernment of God s will as a regular practice in the community. Thus, in the sermon Jesus instructs his disciples: Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened (Matthew 7:7-8). God desires that we know the divine will for our daily lives; God answers our prayers that seek to know God s will for life in the kingdom. The sermon s teachings on daily life form the dependable foundation for life in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus makes this clear in the final sentences of the sermon: Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell and great was its fall! (Matthew 7:24-27) Over time, daily living discerned and shaped by the contours of the Sermon on the Mount forms Christ-like character in faithful disciples. Though this way of life may be hard at times (see Matthew 7:13-14), and result in opposition from the wider world (see Matthew 5:10-12), the sermon calls us repeatedly to cooperate with God in making the kingdom of heaven a reality on earth. Biblical Passages 1. The Beatitudes The Sermon on the Mount begins with a series of short sayings called the Beatitudes. They define authentic discipleship and reflect particular actions or dispositions that demonstrate God s favor. In Jewish tradition beatitudes often serve as an expression of the connection between a person s actions and attitudes and what happens to that person. In the sermon the Beatitudes are written with an acute awareness of the present suffering of God s people, while raising the hope of their future liberation from the oppressive forces of Roman rule made worse by collaborating Jewish leaders. Disciples must live with one eye on the present and one eye on the future, recognizing that through Jesus the freedom of the future is already breaking into the world now, even if it is not yet complete.

3 3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3). Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:10) Comments on these two Beatitudes The poor in spirit (Matthew 5:3) are those who patiently experience the heavy burden of their present impoverished and oppressive life, longing for God to intervene on their behalf. The poor in spirit include not only those who are economically poor, but those whose spirits are being crushed by the economic oppression, sickness, hunger, and demonic spiritual possession that prevail among those whose live under Rome s harsh rule. Notice the present tense of the verb in 5:3: theirs is the kingdom of heaven now; God is now intervening in the person of Jesus to inaugurate a reversal of the present status quo, providing these faithful disciples with hope for the future. The disciples prayer that God s kingdom come (Matthew 6:10, discussed in Week 2) is already being partially answered for disciples who remain faithful even in the midst of their present suffering; the completion of God s reign on earth, when there will no longer be any poor in spirit, nevertheless still lies in the future. The Beatitude in 5:10 characterizes those who are persecuted because they are trying to live by the righteous norms Jesus sets out for them: those who mourn (5:4); those who are meek/gentle (5:5); those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (5:6); those who are merciful toward others (5:7); those with pure hearts (5:8); and those who are peacemakers (5:9). This worldly persecution actually demonstrates a disciple s fidelity to God through his or her enduring commitment to the way of life taught by Jesus; the Kingdom of God often breaks in by means of enduring faithfulness. Describe a recent time when you have been poor in spirit as Jesus describes it here. Did your enduring faithfulness help you experience the kingdom of heaven in some way? Who are the people in your local community who seem to be poor in spirit, oppressed by current economic conditions, sickness, hunger, or some other kind of spiritual affliction? In what ways do you see the kingdom of heaven present among them? Have you recently experienced pushback from someone or some group in response to actions you took that were meek/gentle? Or experienced pushback when you had mercy on someone rather than insisting on justice? How does the beatitude in 5:10 help you interpret your experience?

4 4 2. Entering the Kingdom Requires Intentional Discernment Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day many will say to me, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name? Then I will declare to them, I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers (Matthew 7:21-23). Comments on the Passage To enter the kingdom of heaven requires that a person live with integrity, acting out of a pure heart (Matthew 5:8) and taking righteous actions (Matthew 5:6, 10). Jesus confirms here the importance of living with integrity to enter the kingdom. Simply acknowledging and confessing Jesus as Lord is not enough. One must also do the will of God. On the surface it might seem puzzling that the actions Jesus describes in v. 22 (prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name) are just the kinds of things Jesus carries out in his own ministry. Why would he now call someone an evildoer who is doing these very same things? Jesus may be challenging our hearts, asking us to discern whether we are doing otherwise good things for personal advancement or public attention; if so, we would not be acting with a pure heart or living with integrity. Jesus may also be telling us that just because we are doing otherwise good things does not mean we are actually doing God s will in our lives; God may be calling us to something very different. Identify the ministries in which you participate. Spend a few minutes to reflect on the reasons you became involved in each ministry. With whom did you discern your potential involvement in each ministry? What were the criteria or factors you used in deciding to get involved? Go through the same set of questions for some of the ministries carried out in your congregation. What criteria or factors help you and your congregation discern whether you are doing the will of God in and through a particular ministry? 3. Become Like Children to Enter the Kingdom At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes

5 5 humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me (Matthew 18:1-5). Comments on the Passage In the Mediterranean culture of antiquity, a child was someone who was insignificant and vulnerable, without any status and power, holding a very low and subordinate place in the household. The disciples are looking in the wrong direction, asking who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. To enter the kingdom they must change and become like children, embracing a position of insignificance and vulnerability, lacking status and power in the countercultural church community centered on Jesus. The Greek verb translated as change literally means to turn around ; disciples must look in an entirely different direction they must look away from the criteria of greatness in the world and measure greatness by the standards of the kingdom of heaven. What are some of the ways our modern culture defines greatness? Do any of these criteria tempt you or your congregation? What steps do you and your congregation take to try to remain humble and vulnerable, always subordinated to the teaching of Jesus?

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